The ProspectiveDoctor Podcast

Journey to Finding Yourself as a Physician

Dr. Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Francis Yoo who is a private practice osteopathic physician in New York. As an inner work specialist and personal development consultant, he helps other physicians find their authentic selves through breathwork, meditation, Enneagram coaching and other techniques.

[01:00] Dr. Yoo’s Medical Journey and Background

[06:46] Training and Residency in New York

[14:16] Becoming an Inner Work Specialist 

[16:15] Can the Enneagram Help You Choose a Specialty?

[20:39] Dr. Yoo’s Advice to Pre-Meds and Medical Students

[23:34] What Dr. Yoo would Change about Healthcare

Getting to Know Dr. Yoo

Dr. Yoo was born to South Korean immigrant parents and was raised in New York. He pursued mathematics and philosophy in college, along with pre-med subjects. His family encouraged him to become a doctor, and he eventually went to an osteopathic med school. As a resident, Dr. Yoo was able to form a lot of friendships at his workplace so he stayed even after his training period ended. After 5 years, he left the hospital to open his own private practice. This was also the beginning of his work as a coach, teacher, and writer.

Dr. Yoo has always been interested in psychology and philosophy—subjects that involve introspection. He loved “working on his soul from the inside out”. Realizing that he possessed expertise in these areas, he is inspired to help others in their journey to find their inner peace and congruence.  

What is the Enneagram Personality Test?

The Enneagram Personality Test is a personality system that classifies people into nine typologies. By knowing about the different types, you can learn about the motivations, strengths, weaknesses, and preferences of others. The Enneagram leads us to do deep inner work, allowing us to gain insight on what influences our thoughts and behaviors. It can help us make conscious, deliberate choices—like choosing a specialty based on what we truly want.

Connect with Dr. Yoo on all his social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Send him an e-mail at [email protected]. Visit for more resources and information.

Got questions, feedback, or suggestions? Send a message to Dr. Erkeda DeRouen’s Instagram or MedSchoolCoach’s Instagram

Erkeda DeRouen

Dr. Erkeda DeRouen is a graduate of Hampton University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences, followed by completing medical school at the Boston University School of Medicine. She then completed residency at The University of Maryland Family and Community Medicine Program. After that, she worked at an underserved community health center, and currently is an Associate Medical Director of a telemedicine company. She recently became one of the first 1,000 lifestyle medicine certified physicians in the world! Her areas of interest include: health equity and eliminating health disparities, service of underserved populations, HIV management, transgender care, mentorship, and lifestyle medicine.

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